Devotional: Love and Why it Matters

Recently God has been speaking to my heart through a famous passage of Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13. It’s a passage that is often reserved for weddings and romantic love, but it really is about so much more. This kind of love is the ultimate workout. Whether in a family, a church body, or with our enemies, this definition of love is impossible—in our own strength. But when it shows up in your life, it is the greatest evidence of God’s work in your life. Languages learned, prophecies explained, faith acted upon, service and sacrifice given—all may be done for the sake of sharing the Gospel. But without love…it’s all worthless! Because love is at the very heart of God and all of His plans for the universe. To not have love as our driving force ignores the very foundation of God’s law and character. The truth is, if we want to serve Jesus and be like Him, we better ask for His help in understanding and passing on this kind of supernatural love.

As you read the passage below, I pray that you will spend a few moments or a few hours with Jesus, asking Him to help you understand His deep love for you, and to transform you into someone who loves like He does.  The rest will follow naturally and be so much more effective when God’s love is at the center of it all.

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels,

but do not have love,

I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

 

And if I have prophetic powers,

and understand all mysteries and all knowledge,

and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains,

but do not have love,

I am nothing.

 

If I give away all my possessions,

and if I hand over my body so that I may boast,

but do not have love,

I gain nothing.

 

Love is patient;

love is kind;

love is not envious

or boastful

or arrogant

or rude.

 

It does not insist on its own way;

it is not irritable or resentful;

it does not rejoice in wrongdoing,

but rejoices in the truth.

 

It bears all things,

believes all things,

hopes all things,

endures all things.

 

Love never ends.

–  1 Corinthians 13:1-8a (NRSV)

*Twice a month, we send out a short devotional to our volunteers.  This was written by Andrea Keele, and sent on Jan. 7, 2015.

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One thought on “Devotional: Love and Why it Matters

  1. The placement of this most famous of chapters right between two on the charsmatic gifts (that have always through time stirred up so much controversy) was no accident.

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